Green Fact: Avoiding 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year! http://www.climatecrisis.net/
And guess what? The average driver drives less than two miles on most trips! By modifying some of these short distance driving adventures, we can really do our part in the reduction of harmful emissions. Just think of the amazing difference this could have if we all changed some of our driving habits.
It can be difficult when we are in a hurry, or we have the mind-set that “it’s just around the corner” but the just-around the corner drive can not only add to the destruction of our environment but it is one act that can be reduced, if not eliminated with just a little planning and perseverance.
Well lovely greenies, there are some oldies but goodies that can really make a difference in the health of our planet as well as our family! Try some of these options this weekend ~
1. Plan! We can plan out our trips each week by scheduling one day of the week for scouting around. By making a list at the beginning of the week of the those pesky little things that need to get done, we can eliminate the need for surprise outings. Plan errands, appointments and outings to be all in one day. If you are anything like me, one errand turns into three and by planning out what needs to be done, we can effectively navigate to save on gas and carbon poo. (I know, gross right? Poo…that word makes me giggle!)
2. I got wheels! We don’t no stinkin mini-van 😉 We got other wheels that are just as sassy – bicycles and rollerblades are not just for those fortunate souls from L.A. who live each day near the beautiful sunny oceanside and palms tree (jealous sigh). We too have the capability to bike around and slap on those blades and get to where we need to be. It is great exercise for starters and it can also become great quality time with the family if you do it together. Living by example is a wonderful way to encourage a healthylifestyle for the next generation.
3. Walking it: The benefits of walking are enormous for our personal health, and it is the oldest way of getting around! Take advantage of those legs and get some good fitness in while walking to your destination. Kids can go in a stroller, ride their bikes while you walk or join you if it’s close enough that their itty-bitty legs won’t give out. It can be done!
4. Don’t go! Many of us have a difficult time with the word “no” and with this pleasing attitude, we tend to go out of our way to take care of things that maybe our inner spirit really doesn’t want to do. Next time you are considering an activity, ask yourself “is this necessary and do I really need and want to do this?” Too often, we allow ourselves to be sucked into things that we really do not want to do, but feel that we should in order to please others. By saying no to an unnecessary outing, you are reducing the carbon dioxide while staying true to who you are and want to be. If saying no is a challenge, just make it known that you are doing your part in saving our planet….so “sorry Charlie that we won’t be accepting your invite – we must do our part for Earth” (hehehe). Well, it’s the truth, right?
Greening your weekend can be fun and easy with just a few little tweeks to your typical routine – and can really make quite a difference for a healthier more sustainable lifestyle for your whole family!
Here’s to a happy, healthy, relaxing GREEN weekend!
Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute.
Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.